The Chamber is a non-profit making organisation, and exists to benefit its members by negotiation with other interested bodies in all matters that may have an effect on the trading prospects of our members. We also do as much as possible to ensure that our members are aware of all policies under discussion by Local and Central Government.
The objectives are
- Hold events throughout the year to help Torquay businesses network
- Act as conduit between Council/TDA and Retailers /Hoteliers /all members
- As a collective the Chamber has a wide base of expertise and can signpost members where they need assistance
- Works with the Council/TDA to lobby the Government on various issues
The Chamber is recognised by both Local and National Government as being the representative of Trade and Commerce, and is therefore consulted, and its opinion sought, whenever topics that might affect its members are being discussed. For example, traffic and transportation, tourism, policing and regional development etc.
Several Open meetings of the Chamber take place each year, and members are entitled to distribute information about their business to other members by this means free of charge. Membership taken out now will cover a 12 month period from the date of joining.
Torquay Chamber of Commerce and the South Devon College,are working in conjunction with the Torquay International School, will be greeting all the Cruise ships visiting Torquay in 2020. The first ship docks in April and there are further visits confirmed for May and August with no doubt more to be announced in due course. The Chamber will be extending an invitation to any Torquay businesses involved in hospitality/tourist attractions, who would like the opportunity to join us on the quayside to promote their business to the visitors as they disembark.
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Susie Colley – Chair
Pro-active, energetic and resourceful, as Chair, Susie has worked with the Directors of the Company to create a structure that will support and encourage new business into Torquay. With the success of the Christmas lights last year, Susie has a proven track record in delivering complex projects and will be helping the Chamber replicate this in future years.
The Chamber has now formed successful partnerships with businesses within the retail community. The focus of the Chamber in 2019 was to help encourage support from not only retailers but everyone living in the Bay to support Rowcroft Hospice. Culminating in a Gala dinner at which the winner of the Rowcroft Raffle was announced. The Chamber in association with Hyundai, based in Barton were proud to present a Hyundai i 10 as First Prize.
The Chamber hope to continue to promote events which encourage new forms of commerce into the Town. Partnerships are not only key to a prosperous future for the Bay, but also represent important links between the Chamber and the retail business community, which fulfills the very ethos of our organisation.
Nick Millard – Treasurer
Born in Plymouth, I spent 14 years living near Newcastle before returning to the South West.
I moved to Torquay in 2008 and have lived here ever since. An accountant by trade, working in practice for nearly 20 years, I spent 12 years at Bishop Fleming, before joining Accounting 4 Everything with James Twigger. I became the treasurer of the Chamber in November 2018 and became a director late 2019.
When I have availability I like to support Local Sparks Torbay for community based businesses, as well as getting involved with the LinkedIn local events and other local business networking events. I am passionate about the Bay, the business community and the people of the area, believing that together we can bring out the best in the area
Andrew has worked as a designer specializing in workplace interiors for 30 years. During that time he has worked on projects for companies as diverse as ASOS and the BBC, and as well as the UK, he has worked in Holland, Croatia and Italy. Having recently moved to the bay, Andrew started Revisionr 6 years ago, providing a full package of services; company and building spatial analysis, office layout planning, design (interior and bespoke furniture) and product procurement. He is excited by the new opportunities and challenges that businesses are facing in the area, and hopes to bring a creative yet practical approach to the Chambers future.
Matt is the Business Manager of McDonald’s in Union street, Torquay. He has worked for McDonalds for twelve years and manages all three restaurants in the Torbay area. Matt lives locally with his partner and his two year old son, and is extremely passionate about the local area being a vibrant, forward thinking area to live and work.
Matt has a keen interest in improving Torquay as a whole, both in a professional capacity, but additionally, from the perspective of a father with a young family. He is passionate about customer service and understands the importance of a thriving high street being best for the local economy. His main focus is improving footfall for the town, through improvements to the shopping experience, ensuring visitors who firstly arrive, and then want to return.
Chris hopes to bring his eclectic mix of skills to the table with Torquay’s Chamber of commerce, to tap in to the undoubted community spirit, which all too often lurks beneath the surface of Torquay, and needs to be outed to make the Bay Great once again.
He spent his childhood in the South West, attending Torquay Technical College studying business and accounts. He remained in the South West, working in the Hotel industry, before spending 12 years as a police officer in central London. Following a serious assault whilst on duty, Chris was forced to leave the police, and went on to forge a successful career as a financial advisor working around the London area, and latterly, back in Torbay.
Never one to let the grass grow under his feet, throughout these various careers, Chris has also spent 25 years renovating properties, and building a small portfolio of private rental and holiday lets.
He is also an avid campaigner for organ donation awareness, after watching his daughter come so close to dying in 2011 for want of an organ transplant. He says that whilst that period was the most frightening and abhorrent of his life, he also got to witness Torbay’s community spirit at its very best, supporting his family’s campaigns. Harness that community Spirit where we are all working together for the same cause – and we win. Simple.
Gary moved to The Bay in Autumn 2019, when he and his partner Philip decided to roll the dice, change careers and lifestyles, buy a hotel and move to Torquay! They bought The Torcroft with an aim and ambition to create a splash of luxury and hint of wow on the Riveria.
Prior to working as a hotelier Gary had several previous careers, as a qualified Mental Health social worker in London, managing residential homes for adults with learning disabilities and autism, going on to set up a successful specialised company focusing on supporting individuals with behaviours that challenge. More recently Gary has been a consultant for various councils all over the UK, hospitals and the Metropolitan Police. Gary worked on various projects to support local government to adopt a more Can Do attitude, embrace self-service and new IT opportunities and support staff in delivering the best possible standards and service. Gary has worked on projects focusing on adoption, waste and recycling, adult social care, SEN children and transport. Whilst working at the Met Gary was involved in the some of the biggest change projects in Europe.
Gary is thrilled to be joining the Chamber as a new resident on The Riveria. He is particularly excited to bring his expertise and experience working in partnership with local government to The Chamber, to continue to help businesses and professionals in Torbay develop, grow and thrive, particularly at such an exciting time of regeneration and development.